More police to bolster North’s ranks
EIGHT new police for Townsville will hit the beat over the coming year as part of the State Government’s commitment to deploying an extra 266 new officers statewide.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the recruits were among 87 firstyear constables sworn in at a special ceremony in Brisbane yesterday.
“In the Budget last week, we committed $ 28 million to deliver an extra 266 police over the next year,” Ms O’Rourke said. “It’s my job to ensure our region’s voice is heard around the cabinet table and I’m committed to ensuring that our busy and growing city gets its fair share of new police.”
Townsville MP Scott Stewart said the officers would be posted across the Townsville Police District and spend their first year learning on the job from some of the city’s most senior officers.
Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the Government had also committed to the continued operation of the Townsville Rapid Action and Patrol group.